Seventeen more charter flights from India, with a total capacity of around 4,000 passengers, will bring back more people in India who have been waiting for flights.
Details of the flights are as follows:
People who are most vulnerable will be prioritised for seats on the flights, which will bring the total number chartered by the UK government from India to 38.
Given the number of people who have already registered for a flight, the majority of seats are likely to be allocated to people who are already on wait lists, having registered via the CTMwebsite.
Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, said:
We know this is a difficult time for British travellers and there is great demand for these flights.
This is a huge and logistically-complex operation, and we are working tirelessly with the Indian Government and state authorities to help more British travellers get home.
Jan Thompson, Acting High Commissioner to India, said:
There will be 17 more charter flights next week to take British travellers back to the UK – on top of the 21 flights announced previously. We are working around the clock to arrange additional flights from locations where we know large numbers are still stranded and are extremely grateful for the support we are receiving from the Government of India and local authorities.
People who have already registered for the flights do not need to take any further action at this stage. If they have secured a seat, they will be contacted directly by CTM with further information about their flight.
Those who wish to register for a flight but who have not already done should visit the India travel advice page on GOV.UK to do so.
The flights are expected to cost between £537 and £591.
The 21 UK government charter flights that were announced previously, and are operating from 8 to 20 April, are expected to help over 5,000 British nationals return home.